The contemporary yet elegant Hotel Lion Borovets makes the most of its calming location amidst the pine forest. The hotel runs a regular shuttle bus to the slopes so you have peace and quiet but are still well-connected. Relaxing public areas include an open fire burning in the cosy lounge and a good size bar for a well-earned drink.
Don't miss checking out the excellent spa facilities which has an indoor pool, two saunas and hot tubs. The spa has also been refurbished recently with a new steam bath and funky relaxation area.
And when you're not doing that - or actually on the slopes - you can try out the traditional à la carte ‘Mehana' (tavern), or have a relaxing drink at the cocktail bar.
From the hotel to …
Nearest ski lift: 1.3km
Tuition meeting point: 1.3km
Resort centre: 1.3km
Resort bus stop: Outside the hotel
About the resort
Borovets is a bustling resort sat amongst the stunningly gorgeous pine forests of the Rila Mountains. It's particularly well-suited to beginners, improvers and families as it has wide-open slopes, fantastic coaching from friendly, English-speaking instructors and a dedicated kids ski area. There's also night skiing if you don't get your fill during the day.
Off the mountain, the resort is fairly compact and has two main pedestrianised areas that are jam-packed with cafés, bars, live music venues, tourist shops and more. It's quite the bustling marketplace.
You can't come to Bulgaria without trying an evening meal in a Mehana - a traditional Bulgarian tavern with fantastic local food and entertainment. Also, don't miss taking a traditional horse and cart trip around the resort, or head into the nearby town of Samokov for a taste of authentic Bulgaria - all for incredible value.
Area size: 58km
Skiing altitude: 1300m - 2550m
Number of runs: 18
Range of runs: 40% green/blue, 50% red and 10% black
Lifts: 9 drags, 4 chairs and 1 gondola
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 18km
Snowmaking: 60% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
The Hotel Lion Borovets is on half board. Head down to a wide ranging hot and cold buffet breakfast. After a day on the slopes, sit down to enjoy a four-course buffet evening meal.
The Hotel Lion Borovets has 157 rooms with a variety of sizes. All rooms comes with satellite TV, a minibar and a hairdryer for convenience. You also have the added luxury of comfy bathrobes and slippers so no need to bring your own.
All rooms are a really good size, but upgrade to larger superior rooms for an extra treat. Family rooms are a great size with plenty of storage and they come with a microwave too.
Official rating: ****
Open fireplace in the lobby
Two saunas and an indoor pool
24 hour reception
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Sofia
Flight duration: 3 hours
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
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